Psalm 90:12

Yesterday was my birthday and it caused this scripture to become more significant than ever. Getting older has a way of making every day precious.  We really should not wait for birthdays to appreciate life but birthdays do have a way of reminding us of how precious each day really is.

Psalms 90 is one of the few Psalms that have been attributed to Moses as its author. Here Moses prays to God and asks Him to “teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.”

What does Moses mean by this? The New Living Translation helps us to understand the text. It reads, “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.” One of the Hebrew meanings of the word “number” is to “weigh out so as to determine value.” Therefore, the prayer of Moses is that God will teach us to weigh out and determine how valuable our days are. In so doing, we apply wisdom by living each day to its fullest and refusing to waste time.

Make it your determination that you will not waste one day of your life. Don’t waste it trying to change people because that’s something you cannot do. Don’t waste a day trying to be a carbon copy of someone else but value the day by becoming the best original you can be. Don’t waste a day crying over spilt milk but move to the next carton and pour another glass. Don’t waste one day.